Kaka is hot favourite to win the award next month, handed out by magazine France Football, but believes Manchester United's Portuguese winger deserves the accolade this year.
"He is the best, not only for his technical ability but also for what he has done with Portugal," Kaka was quoted as saying in Italian media from Brazil on Sunday.
Kaka, 25, also said he hoped to captain his country when Brazil host the 2014 World Cup.
"In 2014 I will still be playing and it would be a marvellous experience to be captain of our national team," he said.
However, one of Kaka's main dreams lies away from soccer.
"I would like to meet Michael Jordan. He has been the best basketball player of all time," he added.